England v Sri Lanka: Third ODI abandoned as rain leaves England with narrow advantage
England lead only one-, with two to experience, after rain in Bristol stopped them making money with an effective bowling display against Sri Lanka.?
Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett shared six wickets to limit the vacationers to 248 for nine. But forecast rain occur to avoid basically four overs of England’s reply – using the total a nascent, and inconclusive, 16 for just one.
The consequent no-result means all thus remains still to experience for within the Royal London Series, resuming in the Oblong on Wednesday.
Sri Lanka could set a useful, but not even close to imposing, total on the rear of half-centuries using their captain Angelo Mathews, his deputy Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis.
England opener Alex Hales then rediscovered the vagaries of cricket by having an abrupt come-lower from his and Jason Roy’s unbroken record stand of 256 in Friday’s 10-wicket win at Edgbaston.
This time around, after his unbeaten career-best 133 on friday, he visited the batsman’s other extreme as he was out first ball – edging a brief one behind from Suranga Lakmal, because he attempted to reopen his account from the back feet.
Also as at Edgbaston, Sri Lanka started their innings by losing two wickets with under 50 around the board after Eoin Morgan made a decision to bowl on the cloudy morning.
Danushka Gunathilaka compensated for indecision, attempting to leave a complete ball from David Willey but edging lower onto his stumps, after which Kusal Perera attacked an overall length delivery from Plunkett (three for 46) and skied a catch to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.
Again for that second match running, Plunkett had struck in the first over – this time around for his 50th one-day worldwide wicket, a statistic that has taken him more than every other Englishman to attain, inside a 37-match career stretching to December 2005.
Perera seemed to be a 100th victim within this format for Buttler, a milestone that has come his way considerably faster than Plunkett’s.
Mendis (53) then dominated a stand of 56 for that third wicket with Chandimal (62), reaching his other half-century in the fifth ODI from 61 balls.
The return of Plunkett again have been effective for England, though, his second ball once again getting the breakthrough when Mendis mistimed a pull in to the deep.
Chandimal and Mathews (56) started work with another handy partnership, adding 80 this time around towards the 82 installed onto little eventual avail in Birmingham.
Because there too, though, Chandimal unsuccessful to consolidate as he was caught from the thick edge lower to 3rd-man after planning to hit Woakes (three for 34) in almost precisely the other direction.
Seekkuge Prasanna’s licence hitting lasted only five balls, and introduced just a few runs, before he holed out in to the leg-side off Plunkett.
Mathews seemed to be eying in the boundary but propelled Chris Jordan only lower to short fine-leg, where Buttler scampered to take his second catch in unconventional conditions.
It had been therefore left to Upul Tharanga, in another repeat of Edgbaston, to eke out runs using the tail – that they did manfully until Woakes came back and bowled him, because he too aimed to leg, the 2nd of two wickets using the latter deliveries from the penultimate over.
The predicted rain had been falling at that time – and even though it relented lengthy enough for Hales to become ignored, and Joe Root to obtain arrived with a few crisp shots from the back feet, it had been no real surprise when rainwater had the final word.